This past Labor Day Weekend, PAX West was in full force, sharing demos for new games to dazzle video game fans from around the country. With over 100 games on display, its a pixelated wonderland. Yet amidst all the fantastic games with so much work put into them, there were a few that curated the most buzz.
Here are 12 highlight games from PAX West.
For almost two years, Nintendo has been knocking things out of the park. Well, the NES Classic was an issue, but it wasn’t the concept it was the process. The popularity of the NES Classic was the reason why we received the (and highly superior) SNES Classic. Oh, and then there’s the Nintendo Switch, which is hard to keep on shelves. What could Nintendo do to keep the money flowing into the company? Just trademarking N64, which could mean the N64 Classic is on the way!
Nintendo has announced the NES Classic Edition will return to retail stores on June 28, 2018. The NES Classic Edition, which comes with 30 classic games, will be available for the first time since April 2017 for $59.99, The mini console will come with Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, Castlevania and many more. The NES Classic exceeded every expectation from Nintendo during its first manufacturing run. Undoubtedly, the second run will do the same.
Ever since the good old days of “Old School” NES, there has always been Castlevania. The tales of vampire hunter Simon Belmont, a descendant of the Belmont Clan of vampire hunters as he uses his whip “Vampire Killer” to take on the forces of darkness. The popular series has more than 29 video game adaptations across many platforms from the Family Computer Disk System or FDS (yes, it’s that old) all the way to mobile phone games in the current age.
It is nearing two years since Universal Parks and Resorts announced that it would be teaming up with Nintendo to build a theme park based on some of gaming’s best known characters and stories. First revealed in May 2015, it came at a time when the new consoles at the time weren’t doing too well in terms of sales and Amiibos were some of the best selling Nintendo products. Now, with the success of numerous Pokémon games throughout the year and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild eagerly anticipated, it seems like the perfect time to get people excited about visiting a real life Nintendo adventure. (more…)
For the past twenty years, the Pokémon franchise has been one of the most consistently popular series in all of gaming. Though it easily could’ve been what killed the series, the familiarity of narrative and structure from generation to generation has become a key part of the games and fans have come to expect certain things from ecah new game. The evil team bent on dominating the world of Pokémon in one way or another, the series of Gym Leaders and other accomplished trainers you must defeat to earn your status as a Pokémon Master and the rival that challenges you every step of the way all make the Pokémon games the beloved series they are. (more…)
A couple of weeks ago, Nintendo unveiled the future, or at the very least the future of its console gaming. Nintendo Switch hits store shelves sometime in the new year, which means that the end is nigh for the Wii U, and it likely can’t come soon enough for the gaming company. Sales for Wii U, as compared to the sales for the original Wii, have been downright tepid. To borrow a line from a certain politician, it’s a disaster. So it’s understandable then, for all those reasons, why reports are saying that Nintendo will wrap production on Wii U at the end of the week. (more…)
One of the most eagerly anticipated Pokémon games in a generation, Pokémon Sun and Moon looks set to become an all new experience of the series. Complete with a new way of earning your status as a Pokémon Master and throwbacks to not just the beloved early narrative games but also such niche nostalgic treats as Pokémon Snap, it has fans from all ages, backgrounds and demographics talking about what to expect. Giving us plenty to chew over in the last few weeks before the game comes out in November, Nintendo has released another trailer that reveals not just the new Pokémon we might meet but some old faces too. (more…)
With the explosion of augmented reality game Pokémon Go earlier this year, the latest installments in the ongoing Pokémon narrative series, Sun and Moon, have become some of the franchise’s most eagerly awaited games. And that is saying something, because those games have not gone out of fashion in twenty years. Though it is expected to fit roughly the same plot that most of the other games have, there is a lot that makes it stand out from its predecessors. Showing off a little of what they have up their sleeves, Nintendo released a short free demo on the eStore earlier today. (more…)
Over 40,000 people gathered to celebrate the end of the Olympic Summer Games, in Rio, as athletes and fans came together. This extravagent affair is held at the end of every Olympics to thank that year’s host city and make way for the next in line. So, with Japan set to host the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, the country wanted to give an all-out homage of epic proportions. To do that, they needed a 1-UP from Mario. Check out the video below, while you still got the chance!